The online encyclopedias and reference sources can be used from off campus- you will be prompted to log in with your myNOVA username and password.
An encyclopedia is a type of reference book. Use a reference book to:
Select the most important 1-2 ideas related to your topic. Put the word AND between each new word or idea; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.
el salvador AND war
Use quotation marks ( " " ) around phrases:
"el salvador" AND "civil war"
Because reference articles are basic and general, what you type in the search box should also be fairly general and not too specific.
Think about and look for the following:
Is there information written about your topic?
What are some ways to focus the topic?
Write down: main ideas, important events, key people and organizations, key issues or controversies